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View Poll Results: Ideal number of children for a family?
None 4 13.33%
One 6 20.00%
Two 11 36.67%
Three 4 13.33%
Four 2 6.67%
Five 0 0%
Six or more 1 3.33%
Don't know 2 6.67%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-09-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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I don't want any half kids, so I guess I would say 2 is ideal.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:00 PM
 
Location: IN
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I find it interesting regarding the "political orientation" breakdown. Republicans tending to favor larger families does not surprise me based on some parts of the country I have lived in. Places like Utah, Idaho, or Nebraska woul be examples.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: WI
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I find it interesting regarding the "political orientation" breakdown. Republicans tending to favor larger families does not surprise me based on some parts of the country I have lived in. Places like Utah, Idaho, or Nebraska woul be examples.
I'd think that religion is a large factor as well.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:19 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I'd think that religion is a large factor as well.
Not in Nebraska. Most people there are Lutherans and Methodists.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:35 AM
 
Location: IN
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Not in Nebraska. Most people there are Lutherans and Methodists.
Doesn't Nebraska have a high peecentage of Catholics? I've heard they tend to be more conservative in that region.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Doesn't Nebraska have a high peecentage of Catholics? I've heard they tend to be more conservative in that region.
I thought the NE was mostly Catholic, particularly Maine, NY, Massachusetts and Connecticut?
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:47 AM
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Doesn't Nebraska have a high peecentage of Catholics? I've heard they tend to be more conservative in that region.
From Wiki:

The religious affiliations of the people of Nebraska are:

Christian 90%
Catholic 28%
Lutheran 16%
Methodist 11%
Baptist 9%
Presbyterian 4%
Other Protestant 21%
Other Christian 1%
Non-religious 9%
Other religions 1%
The largest single denominations by number of adherents in 2000 were the Catholic Church (372,791), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (128,570), the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (117,419) and the United Methodist Church (117,277).[15]


Nebraska - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

None of the listed denominations other than Catholic oppose birth control.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Liberal Coast
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Doesn't Nebraska have a high peecentage of Catholics? I've heard they tend to be more conservative in that region.
The percentage isn't high, but the Catholics there do tend to be more conservative than in other areas. I would love to live in the Lincoln Diocese, but it just isn't in the cards. Typically, more conservative Catholics equal more babies.

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Old 07-10-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: NC
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2.5 sounds about right
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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My family consists of 1 adult, 1 dog, and 0 children, which is perfect for us.

I often think about the monetary aspect of having kids, especially if it's true that each kid costs about $10,000-$15,000 per year (to feed, clothe, entertain, reward, educate, transport, and generally provide for). If I had a kid -- just one -- then on my current salary I would be able to afford my child, my rent, water, power, food, auto gas, possibly a telephone, and insurance, and that's it. (And that's pricing my kid at the low end of the $10K to $15K spectrum.) No TV, no internet, no car payment or any kind of debt whatsoever (which is not a bad thing, of course), no dog, no entertainment (books, movies, recreational activities, etc.), no improvements for the home, no clothing (aside from the kid's clothes), no savings.

Without a kid, I am middle-class. With a kid, I would be lower-class for sure.

(Of course, the government would reward me for having a kid by giving me a tax "credit" for having a dependent, and that would help a tiny bit, but not much. Maybe it would help provide for internet at home.)
That figure is for the first child. The second child costs less because he can use the first child's resources (e.g. clothing, toys, etc.); the third child costs less than the second child, the fourth less than the third, and so on. On an income of $30,000 annually, you might be able to support one child; but $80,000 should provide for four or five children in comfort if the wife stays home or relatives can look after the kids.
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